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Jon Hamm takes lead in Tony Gilroy's High Wire Act

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Jon Hamm will star in High Wire Act, a political action-thriller written by Tony Gilroy and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist). Gilroy, a screenwriter on the Bourne series, is producing alongside Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber.

The film’s plot is set in 1980’s Beirut, where a former U.S. diplomat (Hamm) attempts to save a former colleague from the people who might be responsible for his own family’s death. “Tony may have been channeling John le Carré when he wrote this, and as such it has many of the themes I love that make those stories so great—the political intrigue, the betrayals, the morally compromised characters, the reluctant heroes,” Anderson said in a release. “And it’s set in a world—war-torn Beirut—that’s seldom depicted on screen.”

High Wire Act will be one of Hamm’s first post-Mad Men roles. The actor starred as Don Draper for seven seasons on AMC, and the series finale airs May 17. Hamm is also set to star in next year’s Keeping Up With the Joneses.

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